119-5 B. Progress and Accomplishments (Continued) o Forty unsolicited grants were awarded for projects of national sig- nificance to improve elementary and secondary education* These projects were designed to improve mathematics and science instruc- tions address recommendations of the National Commission on Excel- lence in Education* and advance teacher quality through incentives. In addition* other projects were supported to expand parental choice in education* increase literacy in the school-age populations improve teacher trainings promote awareness of illiteracy, and develop programs to teach English as a second language. National Diffusion Network: o The National Diffusion Network continued support of 51 Developer Demonstrator grants; funded 53 new State Facilitator grants and 40 new Developer Demonstrator grants in varied areas including the priority areas of technology, adult literacy, reading, science and math; assisted in the implementation of one new "technology light- house11 in addition to the continuation of ten initially funded in previous years; identified 30 new promising practices in different geographic areas; and gave assistance to 60 programs for their submittals to the Joint Dissemination Review Panel. Education Television and Technology: o Three new television series and the third season of the popular 3-2-1 CONTACT! program, all contributing to improved elementary and secondary science education* were aired on public television for the first time. Another activity was the multi-media, interdisciplinary program The Voyage of the MIMI. It combined television, print, and software materials with the objective of increasing children's understanding of science, mathematics, and technology* Marketed by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, The Voyage of the MI HI is also coming to the attention of educatorsthrougha teacher-training program supported by the National Science Foundation, Also com- pleted were four new television series targeted at the teen-age audience. Two in the first category (3-2-1 CONTACT! and POWERHOUSE) received a special Action for Children's Television award and a Gabriel Award, respectively; two in the last category (SOMEBODY ELSE'S PLACE and MOVING RIGHT ALONG) received the Gold Award at the New York International Film Festival and the Ohio State Award for excellent film-making, respectively* o Three major software development projects were completed and their products, designed to improve instruction in writing, reading, and mathematics in upper elementary and secondary classrooms through the application of microcomputers, are currently being made available to schools by D.C. Heath, WICAT, Inc., and Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.